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Variable Oakleaf Caterpillar

Lochmaeus manteo

Description:

The final instar of the variable oakleaf caterpillar, probably getting ready for its flight in October. The defensive spray from the nodes on this little things shoulders can blister human skin, so handle with care!

Habitat:

Found on the low reaching branches of a laurel oak tree, near dusk in mid September.

Notes:

Additional Resource(s): Butterflies and Moths: https://www.butterfliesandmoths.org/spec... | Moth Photographer's Group: http://mothphotographersgroup.msstate.ed...

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Matthew Hammond
Spotted by
Matthew Hammond

Conway, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Sep 16, 2019
Submitted on Sep 25, 2019

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